Explorer Cadets

Contact Information
If you have any additional questions about the Reno County Explorer Cadet Program, or if you are interested in applying for a position, please stop by the Reno County Law Enforcement Center, located at:
210 West 1st Avenue
Hutchinson, KS 67501

You may also email Officer Jessica Kelly at Hutchinson Police Department or contact Becky Dyer at Reno County Sheriff Department.

About the Program
The Reno County Explorer Cadet Post number 2388 is a Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America that was formed in Reno County in 1990. The explorer post is an organization that exposes young adults to the law enforcement profession. Several of our cadets have moved on to become commissioned officers in the local community, the state, as well as nationwide.

Cadets train once every 2 weeks, receiving training similar to that of a commissioned law enforcement officer. Cadets are expected to perform duties for at least 8 hours per month, working with either the Reno County Deputies, Hutchinson Police Department or the Emergency Communications Center.

Cadets also provide security for many of the community's special events and for many local businesses and local interest groups. In turn, these events, businesses, or groups give donations to the Explorer Program, which is a self funding program.

The program believes that each cadet should place their family, schoolwork, and their job first and foremost, before the program, due to it's voluntary nature.

Program Requirements
This Program seeks outstanding young men and women who:
  • Are between the ages of 16 and 21 years of age
  • Possess high personal and moral values
  • Strive to better themselves and their community
  • Reside in Reno County or attend Hutchinson Community College
  • Are from all ethnic backgrounds and genders
Applicants must also have no criminal record or have been in any trouble with law enforcement.

Application Process
After receipt of the application (PDF) from interested applicants, a background check on the individual is conducted. If applicants meet the requirements, they are invited to an oral board interview. Cadets are selected by the outcome of both the background check, as well as the oral board, when a vacancy in the program becomes available.